Jackson, Mo. approves ‘buffer zones’ for the medical marijuana industry

City of Jackson approves buffer zone ordinance for medical marijuana industry

JACKSON, Mo. (KFVS) - The City of Jackson passed a zoning ordinance for the medical marijuana in the city.

The public hearing was held at city hall on Monday, July 15 at 6 p.m. on the second floor of city hall and was the first item on the agenda.

After a second reading by the city attorney, the ordinance was unanimously approved.

The minimum setback distance from dispensaries to schools, churches and daycare centers was set at 500 feet.

According to Jackson’s Building and Planning Manager, Janet Sanders, the Jackson Board of Alderman previously considered an amendment to the city’s existing zoning code to require all medical marijuana-related businesses to operate at least 100 feet away from schools, churches and day cares.

Sanders said the Planning and Zoning Committee defined churches as “stand-alone buildings,” and defined day cares as those licensed by the state.

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